March 21, 2007

LinuxIT Introduces Microsoft Active Directory-Base

Ev Milker writes "London, UK, 19th March 2007 – LinuxIT today announced a set of solutions for its European customers aimed at helping them centrally secure their UNIX and Linux systems and applications by leveraging their existing Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure. LinuxIT’s new services are built around Centrify Corporations’ comprehensive Active Directory-based solutions for cross-platform auditing, access control and authentication.

Historically, Active Directory provided the tools for addressing identity management and authentication in a Windows environment. Companies with heterogeneous environments were left with running multiple directories, loosely synchronised to achieve a degree of interoperability.

LinuxIT now introduces solutions to extend the known and well appreciated functions and features of Active Directory to the so-far disjointed UNIX/Linux environments. In conjunction with partners HP and Centrify, LinuxIT are advocating these products through a series of seminars for IT professionals.

The free half-day seminars will demonstrate the Centrify solution, which provides a native daemon for UNIX and Linux servers that enables them to join an Active Directory domain. By centralising account administration, authentication, access controls, and security policy in Active Directory, organisations can leverage their Active Directory investment to significantly strengthen security, reduce infrastructure costs, streamline IT operations, and better comply with regulatory requirements such as PCI DSS or Sarbanes-Oxley.
Alex Christophe, Solutions Sales Director at LinuxIT Europe, comments: “We want to show companies how they can create a secure, connected computing environment by seamlessly integrating their non-Microsoft systems and applications with Microsoft Active Directory. The solutions LinuxIT are taking to market not only re-connect the disconnected enterprise from a technical perspective, but to also enable UNIX and Windows teams to work together more efficiently using a single set of tools and processes. LinuxIT and Centrify can help these teams to work together toward their common goal of strengthening security and streamlining operations for their organisations.”
“Centrify are pleased to be working with LinuxIT to bring our solutions to a broader European audience,” said Bob Shears, EMEA General Manager for Centrify. “They have proven expertise in helping customers better manage complex environments where mixed Windows, UNIX and Linux platforms are a fact of life, and their selection of Centrify solutions further validates our strategic vision of delivering a comprehensive set of Active Directory-centric authentication, access control and auditing solutions for non-Microsoft platforms.”
The half day seminars are free. The first set runs on Wednesday, 28th March at the HP offices in London. For more information, visit

About LinuxIT Europe

LinuxIT Europe is a leading independent provider of IT Infrastructure integrating Linux and Open Source solutions with Microsoft and other vendors’ technologies. LinuxIT is the UK Powerhouse of Linux expertise with consultants forming the backbone to the services of most of the best known names in IT.

Our aim is to work in partnership with our customers to identify the best IT solution to the business problems, and assist in implementing the solution most appropriate to the customer’s business and technical needs.

As IT infrastructure experts, our knowledge includes all of the commonly used operating systems and applications from most of the hardware and software vendors, ranging from Microsoft to Red Hat. As independent consultants our recommendations may include any or all of these vendors’ solutions irrespective of personal prejudice. LinuxIT’s customers are predominantly SMEs across the entire spectrum of vertical market sectors.

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About Centrify

Centrify is a leading provider of auditing, access control and identity management solutions that centrally secure an organization's heterogeneous systems, web applications, databases and storage systems using Microsoft Active Directory. Centrify DirectControl secures an organization's non-Microsoft platforms using the same authentication, authorization and Group Policy services deployed for its Windows environment. Centrify DirectAudit complements DirectControl by delivering auditing, logging and real-time monitoring of user activity on non-Microsoft systems. Together, they help organizations improve IT efficiency, better comply with regulatory requirements, and move toward a more secure, connected infrastructure for their heterogeneous computing environment.

For more information about Centrify visit

For further information, please contact:
Ev Milker
Marketing and PR Manager
Tel: +44 (0)117 905 8718


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